County Committee Approves Budget Amendments for Jail Diversion, Mental Health Efforts

County Committee Approves Budget Amendments for Jail Diversion, Mental Health Efforts

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Dane County’s budget-writing committee has approved several amendments that include jail diversion efforts and mental health crisis training, according to a release.

The county’s personnel and finance committee completed its review of amendments from other committees and signed off on the $538 million operating budget.

Amendments related to mental health include crisis intervention training for all 911 dispatchers and adding a diversity analysis into a study of the feasibility of developing a mental health restoration center in the county, according to the release.

The committee also recommended adding a new position to the Land and Water Resources Department to address lake management, officials said.

Board amendments involving the Department of Human Services include additional funding for the Early Childhood Zones at Leopold Elementary School in Madison and in Sun Prairie, according to the release. The board also provides funding for the Today Not Tomorrow Family Resource Center, which serves families with young children and pregnant mothers.

Other budget amendments include $2 million for the Affordable Housing Development Fund; a commitment to provide $2 million a year for the next four years; $40,000 in additional funding for case management for seniors; and $100,000 for odor control equipment at the landfill.

The full Dane County Board will take up the budget at a meeting on Monday.

Written by Robert Chappell

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